Episode 18: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: Distractions, Toxicity, and the Four Day Work Week
The Story of Our Trauma
When you think of the four-day work week, how does it make you feel? In this episode, Dr. Shauna Springer speaks with Alex Soojung Kim-Pang. Alex is a consultant, speaker, and author of some pretty interesting works like SHORTER: Work Better, Smarter, and Less - Here’s How; REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less; and The Distraction Addiction. The two discuss creating a world of work that is much better than we're used to, how toxicity in the workplace can cause trauma, and the focus we can give ourselves with that extra day off.
Episode 370: C.K. Williams & Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Me Reading Stuff
"Such fun waking up though! Such fun too if you don't! Keep dying! Keep writing it down!" - C.K. Williams"Message received." - MeLINKS:Buy "Writers Writing Dying" by C.K. Williams HERE.Buy "Rest" by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang HERE.Sign up for my newsletter HERE.Check out my show at Inman Gallery HERE.
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Work Smarter as a PhD Researcher with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
The PhD Life Raft Podcast
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang was one of my first guests on the podcast. His book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less is one that I regularly recommend to PhD researchers. Alex is a visiting scholar in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at Stanford University. He is also the founder of Strategy and Rest, a consultancy advising companies on how to implement 4-day weeks. It’s this consultancy work that is the focus of our conversation. In this episode we talk about the possibilities for working outside the academy as well as how to manage your work within academia. Alex shares insights about how to make productive use of your time and offers advice on how best to structure your day. We finish with Alex’s tips on creating an effective life balance as a researcher. You can find out more about Alex’s work here: https://www.strategy.rest/
#385 Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: Is It Finally Time For The 4 Day Week?
Ctrl Alt Delete
Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. My guest today is Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author and consultant devoted to helping companies and individuals harness the power of rest to shorten our workdays, while staying focused and productive. He is the author of four books, including SHORTER, REST and The Distraction Addiction. He speaks so brilliant on the topic of the 4-day week and future of work, and how deliberate rest makes creative careers more productive and sustainable.In this episode we dive into the four day week, will it ever happen? What are the benefits? How the pandemic has changed our working days and how do we be happier and healthier at work? Hope you enjoy.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Alex's books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/alex-soojung-kim-pangMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Importance of Rest with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang S1 E6
Agile Business Athlete
In this episode we’re talking about the importance of rest with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Alex is a Silicon Valley consultant and the author of three books: Shorter, Rest, and The Distraction Addiction. Topics Discussed In This Episode: What Alex has been studying recently and what he’s discovered. What Alex thinks about the four-day work week. Various ways to recover throughout the day and week. The benefits of making time for your mind to wander. An example of a company that thoughtfully structures the day and why they do it. How structure and planning in the workplace can be used for productivity. The difference between rest and recovery according to Alex. How to encourage our minds to do subconscious creative thinking. What the default mode network is and how it works. Why Alex says all work is creative work. What the science supports in terms of break duration. Why intensity is key to productivity, not duration. The centrepiece of Alex’s daily productivity and how he manages his schedule. How Alex fits exercise into his life and why. Key Takeaways: Technology has made a shorter work week more possible than ever before. Moving to shorter work weeks gives everybody an opportunity to enjoy more rest and recovery. Alex loves learning about Charles Darwin. In the mature years of his life, Darwin removed himself from the distractions of city life. He also didn’t work all the time and would generally only be in his study from 8:00 am to noon. Being strategic with your time by building in periods of rest around periods of work is supportive of both efficiency and rest. Companies that structure periods of deep work, rest, and other specific time frames company-wide reap greater benefits than those who allow the employees to choose these periods at their own discretion. You can create space in your day to allow your default mode network to start processing, and by doing so you can solve problems lingering in the back of your mind. Technology has made it possible to take work with us wherever we do, and with that often comes the sense that we can and should be responsive at any time. People can typically maintain focus for 90-110 minutes. After that, research shows, attention takes a deep dive. Doing better work is more efficient than doing more work. If you need to get more work done, increase your intensity during a work period rather than the amount of time you work. When you hit a mental block and need to solve a problem in your work, stepping away from it may be the best thing you can do. In doing this, you make space to allow your subconscious brain to think it through. When Alex is unable to focus on whatever he is trying to do, it’s a sign that he needs to take a break. Many people have this experience, but struggle in the moment to pull away from work. Action Steps: How to use rest for productivity: Schedule and plan periods of rest in advance in your day.Allow for creative thinking by encouraging the default mode network process in your brain.Avoid distractions like social media during blocks of rest. Alex said: “The benefits of coordination and predictability outweigh whatever disadvantages may come from doing this in a structured way versus allowing everyone to make it up as they go along. It’s like going to the movie theatre—if everyone gets to choose their own intermission time, things get a little chaotic.” “The reality is that we live in a world that is constantly competing for our attention. Every time you go on social media, you are going up 100 Stanford PhDs in psychology and behavioural economics who are tweaking your experience trying to find little ways to get you to spend a little more time on the system.” Links To Things Mentioned In The Podcast: Connect with Alex: https://www.strategy.rest/ If you enjoy what you hear, don’t forget to leave a rating or a review and subscribe to us on your favourite podcast platform! The post The Importance of Rest with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang S1 E6 appeared first on Leanne Spencer.
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is the founder of Strategy and Rest, a consultancy devoted to helping companies and individuals harness the power of rest to shorten workdays, while staying focused and productive. His work has been written about in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Financial Times and the Guardian. He speaks around the world about the 4-day week and future of work, and how deliberate rest makes creative careers more productive and sustainable. Enjoy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is head of global programs for 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit evangelizing the 4-day workweek. His trilogy of books— SHORTER: Work Better, Smarter and Less— Here’s How (Public Affairs, 2020); REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less (Basic Books, 2016), and THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION (Little Brown , 2013)— shows how companies and individuals can better integrate rest, creativity, and focus into digital-age lives and work. Alex has been a senior consultant at Institute for the Future and Strategic Business Insights, and a visiting scholar at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Oxford University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. Alex received a Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. Alex shared with me updates regarding the implementation of the 4 day week across the world. He talked with me about insights from his recent The Four-Day Week 2022 Annual Report. Alex provided benefits of the 4 day week with regards to the great resignation and gave his view on where he sees the future of work evolving over the next years. This podcast episode is based on our recent LinkedIn Live conversation. In our previous conversation in episode 19 in the fall of 2020, Alex shared great insights from his book "Shorter" with me. Here is the link to that episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/alex-soojung-kim-pang-author-of-shorter-rest/id1505170119?i=1000499304366 How to connect with Alex: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/askpang/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/askpang Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askpang/ If you would like to support the podcast: Ko-fi Account: Ko-fi.com/karintischler How to connect with Karin Tischler, producer and podcast host of "Job Sharing and Beyond", and founder of Emily's Path Consulting (EPC): Website: https://emilyspath.ca/ LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-tischler/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jobsharingandbeyond/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JobsharingByond Twitter: https://twitter.com/karin_tischler Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karintischlerbc/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emilyspathca/?viewAsMember=true
Today's podcast is a throwback on the topic of Rest with one of my favorite authors, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. I’ve been using the wisdom from the podcast over the last few weeks while taking some "off the camera" time off (maternity leave). This doesn't mean I haven't been working! The full story is in my weekly newsletter. If you'd like to sign up for that, you can email Lorenza (email@example.com) and she'll get you signed up. The content of this podcast helped me to come up with new ideas (watch this space) and just feel good in myself. So I wanted to re-release it for you today, have a listen, see how you too can incorporate a little more rest into your life.
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang studies people, technologies, and the worlds they make. Since 2000 he´s worked as a technology forecaster and futurist, helping companies understand new technologies and global trends, and their strategic and business implications. Alex is also a writer. His newest book, SHORTER: WORK BETTER, SMARTER AND LESS-- HERE'S HOW uses design thinking to explain how companies in a variety of industries and countries are moving to 4-day weeks. It’s a sequel to his 2016 book REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS, which explores the hidden role rest plays in the success of super-creative and -productive people.